- in a play, light opera, etc., the role of a lady's maid, esp. one involved in intrigue, or of any pretty, flirtatious, or frivolous young woman
- an actress who plays such roles
Origin of soubretteFrench from Provençal soubreto from soubret, affected, sly from soubra, to put aside, exceed from Classical Latin superare, to be above: see super-
- a. A saucy, coquettish, intriguing maidservant in comedies or comic opera.b. An actress or a singer taking such a part.
- A young woman regarded as flirtatious or frivolous.
Origin of soubretteFrench from Provençal soubreto feminine of soubret conceited from soubra to leave aside from Old Provençal sobrar to be excessive from Latin superāre from super above ; see uper in Indo-European roots.
- A female servant or attendant, especially as mischievous or cheeky, often featuring in theatrical comedies